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Millions eating food grown with polluted water, says UN report PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

At least 200 million people around the world risk their health daily by eating food grown using untreated waste water, some of which may be contaminated with heavy metals and raw sewage, according to major study of 53 world cities, reports The Guardian.

Urban farmers in 80% of the cities surveyed were found to be using untreated waste water.
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‘PIO not formed to harass anybody’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Naim Ahmed stated on Monday that the Political Intelligence Office was not formed to harass politicians.

"PIO is not a new body. It started work about two months ago with the aim of supplying information for advance preparations in maintaining law and order," Naim Ahmed said at a press briefing at his office in the afternoon.
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Sylhet's Kamran paroled for mother's burial PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Dhaka, Aug 18 (bdnews24.com)—Sylhet mayor-elect Badruddin Ahmed Kamran returned to Sylhet jail Monday after being paroled for six hours to attend his mother's namaj-e-janaza and burial, a jail official said.

"The government let detained mayor Kamran out on parole this morning at 10:05 am for six hours to enable him attend his deceased mother's last rites," Sylhet jailer Monir Hossain told bdnews24.com.
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Trial in Hasina extortion case resumes PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Dhaka, Aug 18 (bdnews24.com) – Trial of the extortion case filed by businessman Azam Jahangir Chowdhury against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina resumed Monday, after cancellation of the case by the High Court and its restoration by the Appellate Division on a government appeal.

Chowdhury continued with his statement to the court, after a break of over sixth months, before the defence began cross-examining him in the makeshift Special Judge's Court- 5 of Md Ashraf Hossain, set up in the Sangsad Bhaban complex.
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AL vows to thwart 'spying' on political parties PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Dhaka, Aug 18 (bdnews24.com) – The Awami League's acting president Zillur Rahman said on Monday AL would thwart any alleged move by the caretaker government to spy on political parties through the political intelligence office recently launched to purge the country's politics.

"The government does not want politics in the country. The Awami League will resist the move," Zillur said at a meeting with Bangladesh Chhatra League activists at his Gulshan home.
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Bangladeshi workers strike again in Kuwait PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Kuwait, Aug 18 (bdnews24.com) – A small group of Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait went on strike from Sunday, still unhappy over low pay after demonstrations by overseas workers were quelled in the Gulf state in July.

Some 16 Bangladeshi workers were arrested by Kuwait police, expatriate welfare and employment secretary Abdul Matin Chowdhury told bdnews24.com Monday.
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Govt stage-managed my defeat in mayoral poll: Santu PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Dhaka, Aug 18 (bdnews24.com)— Defeated Barisal mayoral candidate Shorder Sarfuddin Ahmed Santu accused the caretaker government Monday of stage-managing his defeat in the Aug 4 election.

"The government foiled my victory in the elections," said Santu at a press conference held in the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) office at Segunbagicha.
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Bangladesh wishes Pakistan well PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Dhaka, Aug 18 (bdnews24.com) – Bangladesh wishes its beleaguered neighbour Pakistan well after its president Pervez Musharraf, under pressure over impending impeachment charges, resigned Monday.

"We wish Pakistan well," foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury told bdnews24.com in his initial reaction to the rather anticipated resignation.
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BNP marks Khaleda's birthday PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

BNP leaders and supporters gathered in front of the special jail set up in the Sangsad Bhaban area on Friday to mark party chief Khaleda Zia's birthday.

Led by secretary general Khandakar Delwar Hossain, her party wished the detained former prime minister long life, all success and speedy release by offering flowers, holding milad mahfil prayers and cutting a birthday cake.
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Nasim's release getting delayed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

A top jailer says

Desk report

The release of former home minister Mohammad Nasim, convicted of graft, is likely to be delayed as the scrutiny of the bail orders is taking time, a top jailer said on Friday.

"Mohammad Nasim's bail orders have reached us. The process for his release is going on.
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Musharraf in talks over resignation, says official PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

President Musharraf may resign in deal to avoid impeachment: Official

Agencies

The Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf, is being offered the chance to resign with immunity from prosecution rather than face impeachment, an official from the country's coalition government said today.

"He is ready to resign but he is putting conditions like indemnity for the November 3 action," said the ruling party coalition official, who declined to be identified, referring to Musharraf's imposition of a six-week stint of emergency rule last year.

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Oil drops below $114 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

AP, VIENNA, Austria  -- Oil prices skidded further Friday, falling below $114 on signs that the world's largest economies are weakening and on OPEC's prediction that energy demand will decline.

The dollar, which is rising in response to concerns about the global economy, also sent oil lower.
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Dollar continues rise against euro PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

AP, FRANKFURT, Germany -- The dollar continued its rise against the euro Friday amid hopeful signals on the U.S. economy, falling oil prices and gloom about the European economic outlook.

The 15-nation euro traded as low as $1.4679 in afternoon European trading -- well short of the $1.4885 it bought in New York late Thursday.
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National leaders should be respected by all: adviser PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

Dhaka, Aug 15 (bdnews24.com) – Education adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman Friday said the national leaders should be held in huge respect by everyone however the political divide.

"The national leaders should be shown profound respect by all together rising above politics," he told reporters after attending the South Asian Soroptimist Conference.
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Shamim Iskander freed on bail PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

Dhaka, Aug 15 (bdnew24.com)—Shamim Iskander, Khaleda Zia's younger brother, was released on bail Friday morning.

Deputy inspector general of prisons Major Shamsul Haider Siddiqui told bdnews24.com Friday: "He has been released on bail in line with a High Court order."
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Dollar hits 6-month high versus euro PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

LONDON, Fri Aug 15, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The dollar powered to a six month high against the euro on Friday, boosted by jitters on shrinking euro area economic growth with extra fuel from position liquidation in commodities and energy markets.

The dollar's push higher knocked an already floundering sterling to a 22-month low approaching $1.85, while the US currency also struck a seven-month high against a basket of six major currencies.
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A nation mourns its hero PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2008

Agency

After a six-year hiatus, the nation is observing National Mourning Day on Friday, the 33rd death anniversary of independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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Stocks Mixed After Higher Inflation Data PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK  -- Wall Street moved sharply higher Thursday as investors took advantage of bargains in financial stocks after two straight days of heavy declines. The Dow Jones industrials rose more than 100 points.

Stocks initially fell after the Labor Department reported another hefty jump in consumer prices. The 0.8 percent overall rise in July's Consumer Price Index was not as large as June's increase, but it was twice as high as the market expected, and brings inflation to its highest annual pace in 17 years.

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Wal - Mart says 2Q profit up 17 pct, raises outlook PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. raised its full-year earnings forecast Thursday after second-quarter profit rose 17 percent, helped by tight inventory controls and a renewed focus on low prices that is attracting financially squeezed shoppers around the world.

But the world's largest retailer predicted slower sales growth at its established stores in the U.S. for the current quarter, as the benefits of the federal stimulus checks dry up and customers find it more difficult to stretch their paycheck to the next payday.
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BP says TNK - BP chief barred from office PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

AP, LONDON -- British oil company BP PLC says a Russian labor court has barred the chief executive officer of its troubled Russian joint venture, TNK-BP, from office for two years.

BP says it is disappointed by the court's decision on Thursday and says that Robert Dudley will retain his position until completion of an appeal process.
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Consumer prices rise at double the expected rat PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

AP, WASHINGTON  -- Consumer prices shot up in July at twice the expected rate, pushed higher by surging energy and food costs. The latest surge left inflation running at the fastest pace in 17 years.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that consumer prices rose by 0.8 percent last month, twice the 0.4 percent gain that economists had been expecting.
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